Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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The political parties now have only a few days left to write their General Election manifesto. I submitted a manifesto proposal this week for a national programme of free meals and fun during school holidays to improve children’s life chances. Feeding Birkenhead has over the past two years provided such a service for over 2,000 children across the town. But we know there are some parts of town where families are unable to access the service. The all-party inquiry on hunger amongst...
The Hive holds great promise. It has been very much the brainchild of Councillor Jean Stapleton, who has driven this project from the very first time she joined a Steering Group to look at a potential Youth Zone in Wirral. Trips were made by councillors and officials to youth zones in Bolton, Oldham and Wigan. We were all massively impressed seeing the clubs heaving with activities all being undertaken by an army of young people. The Hive will offer a similar range of activities. There...
Might I please thank local residents for the generosity and support they have shown yet again for Feeding Birkenhead? Following our recent appeal, residents have donated £200 towards Feeding Birkenhead’s school breakfast programme. This will enable ten of our schools – each pallet costs £20 – to offer porridge, muesli, tea, fruit drinks and fruit snacks each morning for those children who might otherwise start lessons on an empty stomach. All of the food, which...
Mental health remains the poor relation when it comes to health funding. Each year, hundreds of people in the North West take their own lives. Yet mental health remains the poor relation when it comes to health funding. People’s natural impulse to fill this gap in local services has led to charities taking on much of the responsibility for helping people who are suffering with poor mental health and on the brink suicide. Mersey Counseling and Therapy Centre, a charity based in New...
People working on the front line of Merseyside’s health and social care services have had their backs to the wall throughout the winter. They are working desperately hard to maintain a decent level of care for patients. But the strain on A&E units, in particular, has become overwhelmingly difficult to deal with. One nurse who recently contacted me described herself as ‘broken’. The nurse reported that up to five ambulances at a time are queuing each night to offload...
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